Obituaries: Miller, Messer

Russell MillerRussell Miller

Russell L. Miller, 62, of Fairbury, went home to be with the Lord at 6:50 p.m., Feb. 14, at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

His funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, at Faith Fellowship Ministries, Fairbury. Pastor Kim Ernst will be officiating.

Burial will be in Avoca Township Cemetery, Fairbury.

Visitation will be held from 9-11:00 a.m., Monday also at the church.

Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to South Eastern Livingston County Ambulance Service or Faith Fellowship Ministries, Youth Fund.

Russell was born March 8, 1954, in Bloomington, the son of Harry Leon and Nila Ferguson Miller.

He married Cindy Schauble in July 25, 1976 in Fairbury. She survives.

Also surviving are his mother, Nila (Don) Johansen of Fairbury; step-mother, Linda Miller of LeRoy; children, Erin (Ryan) Bachtold, Kim (Danny) Bracken, Jr, Leon Miller, and Jarrad (Ashleigh) Miller all of Fairbury; grandchildren, Melanie and Kendall Cerda, Kenzie, Aydan and Jackson Bracken, and Raelynn Miller; sister, Vicki (David) Perreault of Rosesharon, Texas; brother, Jerry (Fred) Miller-Schumacher of Houston, Texas; step-sisters, Karen, Ginny, and Cathy; and step-brother, Jon.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Russell worked construction for William Schauble Contractor and Jon Zimmerman.

He was a member of Faith Fellowship Ministries, Fairbury.

Russell was an avid racing fan and he loved motorcycles and the Chicago Bears.

His greatest joy was time spent with his children and grandchildren.

An online registry is available at


Dale Messer

Dale Messer, 78 of Normal, passed away on Feb. 13 at 5:26am at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Cremation rites will be accorded.

Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Central Illinois or the Carl S. Martin Post 635 American Legion, Normal.

Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home is in charge of arrangements.

Dale was born on Aug. 6, 1938 in Fairfield the son of Howard and Hazel Crews Messer. He Married Sherrill Moberly on May 28, 1961 in Bloomington.

He is survived by his children; Doug (Jill) Messer of Sunnyvale, Calif. and Paula Fleck of Jackson, Wyoming, grandchildren; Davis, Anna, Isaac Messer and Annaliese Fleck. Also surviving is his sister; Margie Foster of Illinois.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Shery and one sister.

Dale was a 1955 graduate of Normal Community High School and served in the US Army. He worked as an electrician and was a member of the IBEW Local 197, Bloomington.

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